On January 14, Attorney General Mike DeWine will swear in as the 70th Governor of Ohio. DeWine has made it clear that childhood health and education will be an immediate priority when the new administration transitions into office.
The Governor-Elect’s initiatives are outlined through his “Opportunity for Every Ohio Kid” proposal, which emphasizes the importance of expanding access to publicly funded early childhood education centers and investing in centers that do not currently qualify as “high quality.” In addition, DeWine vows to expand mental health services and drug-prevention education in Ohio’s schools, increase home visiting services for at-risk, first time mothers, and reform the foster care system that is facing stress from the growing opioid crisis.
In order to effectively and efficiently coordinate children’s initiatives across the state, DeWine named LeeAnne Cornyn as Director of Children’s Initiatives, a new position created to help the administration better serve Ohio’s children.
Cornyn, along with Katie Kelly, Executive Director of PRE4CLE, and Julia Hohner, Communications & Policy Associate for Groundwork Ohio, were featured this week on The Sound of Ideas to share insight on DeWine’s upcoming policies.